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January 9, 1909

REMEDY FOR THE PAIN OF INSECT BITES

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CAPE COLONY, SOUTH AFRICA

JAMA. 1909;LII(2):136. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.25420280050003b

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Abstract

The bites of mosquitoes and various gnats, the stings of wasps, bees, etc., have often produced a considerable amount of pain and discomfort and even death has resulted as a consequence of such stings in human beings.

No effective remedy, as far as I am aware, has been recommended for the alleviation of the suffering caused by these insects. The flesh about mosquito-bites if irritated or rubbed very often suppurates and a considerable slough comes away.

For some time past I have used iodin crystals in saponated petrolatum, 30 to 40 grains to an ounce. A few drops of this is rubbed over a mosquito-bite with magical effects. I have also rubbed it over parts stung by wasps of various sorts and sizes. The pain of the sting was very quickly relieved. It seems to me it might be used, in addition to other measures, in cases in which one

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